St. Michael’s honors graduates with reception, prayers and good wishes
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church honored three graduating high school seniors at a post-worship service reception on June 3 in the Parish Hall.
The graduates are Michael O’Brien from Cypress Lake High School, Hannah Fay from Fort Myers High School and Emma Neill from Canterbury School.
They were celebrated with prayers, cake, words of encouragement from Rector Ellen Sloan and gifts. Among the gifts were L.L. Bean canvas bags, monogrammed with each graduate’s initials.
Emma, Michael and Hannah have all served as acolytes in St. Michael’s worship services, as well as Eucharistic Ministers and readers of scripture. Emma and Michael are also co-head acolytes.
As youth group members, they coordinated numerous, annual outreach projects over the years, including: filling backpacks of food for children, providing gifts for senior citizens, participating in the international Heifer Project, helping the church’s Outreach Team with tools for building a Habitat Home, coordinating the collection of hygiene kits for the survivors of the Haitian earthquake, and helping to collect 500 hooded sweatshirts for farmworkers in Immokalee.
Sloan praised the three as “wonderful models, because they are focused on more than just themselves and their individual successes. We are so very proud of these three young people, who are such an important part of our life at St. Michael’s.
“Emma, Hannah and Michael know that good leadership means reaching out to others, teamwork, listening actively and compassion,” she added. “They will go far in life, for the benefit of us all.”